7 Unbelievably Cool Facts About Fall Leaves

We’re big fans of fall here at Kids at Art! The weather is cooler, we have a chance to get back into our routines (or start new ones), and the trees that line our streets change into beautiful diverse shades of yellow, green, red and orange!
To celebrate the change of season, here are ten amazing facts about fall leaves.
1. Not all forests change color.
Though forests in warmer climates have a more diverse array of tree species, their colors do not change quite like that which live in northern forests.
2. Sick trees don’t survive as long.
If a tree is unhealthy, it’s leaves will change color and fall off much more quickly than a healthy tree.
3. Certain temperatures make prettier foliage.
The brightest and most diverse hues of fall foliage are produced after many warm summer days are followed by cold (but not freezing) evenings.
4. Changing leaves are good for business.
In places like Upstate New York, and New England, visitors flock to see the changing leaves — a tourism activity generating over $3 billion dollars a year! 
5. The colors are always there… 
They’re just hiding. The red, orange and yellow pigments that take shade during fall are on the leaves all year round, but under the surface. When sunlight hits the plants, their chlorophyll breaks down, revealing the gorgeous unique hues we all love!
6. There are two Japanese words for “Autumn-colored foliage.”
They are “koyo” and “momiji.”
7. Leaves and carrots are similar.
Orange leaves, that is! They both contain Carotene, which makes them orange.
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